MFA Spokesman's Comments on Malaysia's Application to Revise the International Court of Justice's Judgment on Sovereignty over Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge, 3 Feb 2017

03 February 2017

                In its judgment on the case concerning sovereignty over Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks, and South Ledge of 23 May 2008, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) found that sovereignty over Pedra Branca belonged to Singapore, sovereignty over Middle Rocks belonged to Malaysia, and sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the State in the territorial waters of which it is located. Its judgment was final, binding and without appeal.

                Under Article 61 of the Statute of the ICJ, an application for revision of a judgment may be made only when it is based upon the discovery of some fact of such a nature as to be a decisive factor, and which was, when judgment was given, unknown to the Court and the party claiming revision. Such an application must be made within ten years of the date of the judgment, and at latest within six months of the discovery of the new fact.

                Malaysia has informed us that it has made an application for revision of the ICJ’s judgment. Singapore is studying Malaysia’s application and documentation closely and has formed its legal team to respond to Malaysia’s application. The team includes Attorney-General Lucien Wong, Professor S. Jayakumar, Professor Tommy Koh, and former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong.

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